William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Madison VA Hospital Receives Fifth Green Award
Madison VA Hospital Receives Fifth National Award for Excellence and Innovation in Sustainability
In recognition for continued leadership in sustainability and environmental stewardship, the Madison VA Hospital (VAH) received its fifth Practice Greenhealth Emerald Award. This year, the Madison VAH also ranked in the top ten of all applicants, earning a spot in the Circle of Excellence, for efforts to reduce water consumption and to green the hospital’s operating room.
The Madison VAH has a long history of finding innovative ways to recycle and reduce waste and previously received the Greenhealth Emerald Award in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018. In recent years, the Madison VAH made great strides in minimizing waste anesthetic gas emissions from the operating room and reducing water consumption, earning special recognition in these areas.
Key accomplishments of the Madison VAH in 2018 included a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 20 metric tons (or the equivalent emitted by driving 49,000 miles) through minimizing use of desflurane, implementation of a reuse program for blue wrap (a textile type material used to keep instruments sterile prior to surgery), a reduction of over 10% in the quantity of infectious medical waste generated, and a reduction in the water used per square foot by over 6%.
“Each year industry standards for sustainability get higher and higher and it takes the commitment of many Madison VA employees to maintain our position as a leader,” said John Rohrer, hospital Director. “The health care industry realizes that it has a duty to make environmentally conscious choices since our environment and surroundings play such a vital role in the health of our communities.”
Practice Greenhealth is the leading membership and networking organization for sustainable health care, delivering environmental solutions to more than 1,100 U.S. hospitals and health systems. Learn more at practicegreenhealth.org.